By Chris Oddo, Saturday, October 12, 2013
Two-time Linz champion Ana Ivanovic reached her first WTA final in nearly two years, defeating Stefanie Voegele in straight sets.
Ana Ivanovic reached her first WTA final in nearly two years with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele at the Generali Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria on Saturday, setting up a final with Germany's Angelique Kerber.
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Two of Ivanovic's last three titles have come in the Austrian city, and the 25-year-old former No. 1 improved her career record to 20-3 at Linz (most all-time), while also reaching her first final of 2013.
Ivanovic lost only six points on first serve, and broke Voegele three times in ten opportunities to edge the World No. 58 in two close sets.
Ivanovic holds a tidy 11-4 career record in finals, but the former French Open champion has only reached five finals since the beginning of 2009. In her two previous finals at Linz, Ivanovic never lost more than three games, defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 in 2008 and then Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in 2010.
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The World No. 16 will face Angelique Kerber in Sunday's final. Kerber, apparently energized by clinching a spot in this month's WTA Championships for the second consecutive year, crushed Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2, 6-0. Kerber won 25 of 39 points against the Spaniard's serve, breaking six times on eight opportunities.
Kerber, who improved her record to 43-21 on the season, will bid for her third career title and first of 2013 against Ivanovic.
Ivanovic holds a 3-1 career edge against Kerber, including 2-1 in 2013, but the German defeated Ivanovic two weeks again in Tokyo.